Landmarks in Antigua

Antigua's landmarks all honor a significant point of island history

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As small as Antigua is, many visitors are shocked to find that there are over 300 historical sites to visit on the island, and an additional 15 on Barbuda.

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Most of these sites were once used by the British military, including forts and lookouts, but there a few other religious and industrial attractions worth a visit.

Forts and Military Sites

The coastline of Antigua was once lined with British forts. Today, these forts, which are for the most part in ruins, make great attractions to visit – especially since they are free to see.

Religious Sites

Originally built in 1683, St. John's Cathedral on Church Lane had been rebuilt at least twice by the late 1800s due to earthquake damage. Today it stands in need of further repair after the Earthquake of 1974, but the architecture makes it a popular site to see.

Museums

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

If you like to learn about other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on Antigua. To read detailed information regarding each museum, just click on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located in downtown St. John's. Puruse this museum and discover the fascinating history of Antigua, from before European settlements to cultural experiences today. It may provide you with a new lens with which to view this tropical paradise.

Another landmark worth visiting is Dockyard Museum. It is situated at Nelson's Dockyard National Park and English Harbour, in southern Antigua. Exhibits at the Dockyard Museum include displays of ship models and tools, a collection of Admiral Nelson's personal items (including his famed telescope), and other naval items excavated from the area. The grounds also offer a well stocked gift shop and a research library.

Admiral House: While it cannot hurt to call ahead, the museum is generally open throughout the entire day.

The following table provides you with more details concerning some available museums on the island.

Museums On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Admiral House (268) 481-5021 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Betty's Hope (268) 462-1469 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central All Saints
Dockyard Museum (268) 460-1379 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
National Hero's Park -- 1.9 mi. East of Downtown St. John's
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (268) 462-1469 Downtown St. John's

Historical Sites

Shirley Heights Fort

Like discovering the historical roots of countries you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.

A landmark worth visiting is Shirley Heights Fort. It is situated in southern Antigua. The Lookout at Shirley Heights stands about 490 feet high and offers an paralleled view of both Falmouth and English Harbour. This spot is often frequented right at sunset as visitors hope to catch a glimpse of the "Green Flash." Every Sunday night (for the past 31 years) from 4:00 p.m.

Another landmark worth visiting is Greencastle Hill Park. It is found within western Antigua. One of the highest hills in Antigua, Greencastle Hill has been a popular place for hikers, tourist, and locals for most of recorded history. With beautiful views of the surrounding area, it is not uncommon to find people here simply enjoying the scenery.

Fort Berkeley: This impressive fort at one time stood as the harbor's main protection from enemy navies. Built in 1704, the fort would eventually be armed with at leas twenty-five cannons that could reach about a mile and a half each, a clear deterrent to any approaching ships.

You can look through the table below for more information about historic sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Fort Barrington -- 2.9 mi. West of Central St. John's
Fort Berkeley (268) 481-5028 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Fort James -- 1.5 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown St. John's
Greencastle Hill Park -- 3.2 mi. South of Central St. John's
Nelson's Ruins Northeast -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Nelson's Ruins Southeast -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Nelson's Ruins West -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Old Sugar Factory -- Central Antigua
Old Sugar Mill Ruins -- 1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Shirley Heights Fort (268) 481-5021 2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
St. John's Cathedral (268) 462-0820 Downtown St. John's
Sweets Windmill Ruins -- 1.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central All Saints

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers can enjoy some other intriguing attractions on Antigua.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Antigua
Name Type Location Island
Stanford Cricket Ground Attraction 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's Antigua

Fortunately, Antigua has additional attraction types. Go to this article about even more attractions if you want to find more specifics.

Whether you choose to spend your vacation days inside a museum, or out exploring the ruins of a fort, there is something to be learned at each of Antigua's landmarks.

 

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